A bitter-sweet comedy, Axone, produced by Yoodlee Films has recently been announced as an official selection at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival. Considered one of the top 10 film festivals in the world, the BFI London Film Festival was started in 1953 and has screened some of the best work in cinema in recent decades.
Axone is written and directed by Nicholas Kharkongor and deals with the topic of racism in a cheeky and humorous way. Set in Delhi over the course of one day, the film tells the story of two girls from the North East who set out to cook a pungent dish called Axone to celebrate the wedding of another friend. They grapple with neighbours who hate the smell of the dish, outright racism and the upheavals of their interpersonal relationships in this comic quest. The film stars a talented ensemble of young and old actors that include Vinay Pathak, Dolly Ahluwalia, Sayani Gupta, Lin Laishram and Tenzin Dalha.
Nicholas says, “I am thrilled that Axone has been selected at BFI London Film Festival. This is a very personal story. I have lived outside the Northeast for over 20 years. For a long time, I have wanted to make a film about the Northeastern experience of living in the city: about a tiny community of (mostly) young people who, in the way that they look, eat, dress and speak - sets them apart from the rest. But I didn’t want to make a bleak film. Because the truth is also that we find a lot of acceptance and love in the city; and for many of us, the city is home. So the result is this funny and bittersweet film that gives you a peek into the lives of an oft-maligned community living on the fringes of society, celebrating their difference.”
Siddharth Anand Kumar, VP Films and TV and Producer at Yoodlee Films, adds, “At Yoodlee, we have been committed to making films that are engaging and entertaining, but that also have a deeper meaning and theme. Axone tackles the tough issue of racism in a humorous way and perfectly encapsulates the philosophy of film at Yoodlee. Nicholas has done a great job handling this double-edged sword and made a film that could become a future classic.”